City icons star

FOUR Ipswich icons have been voted among Queensland's most cherished people, places and events.

It is officially two, but the city could claim the 1974 floods, which hit the Ipswich region particularly hard and the jacaranda tree, which flourishes throughout the western corridor.

The Great Barrier Reef was Queensland's most popular icon according to the new poll, which ranked as the state's best loved attribute.

Up to 30,000 votes were cast in the State Government's Q150 icon poll, with the world's largest reef coming in at number one.

Legendary Broncos, Maroons and Australian rugby league star, Allan 'Alfie' Langer was the ninth most popular sporting icon on the list.

Born and raised in Ipswich, Langer grew up playing football at Northern Suburbs Tigers alongside brothers and future Brisbane Broncos (as well as Queensland Maroons and Australian Kangaroos) team mates Kevin and Kerrod Walters and was coached under Tommy Raudonikis.

This combination of players would become known famously as “The Ipswich Connection”.

Langer then made his State of Origin debut in the 1987 series while still playing for the Jets.

Under the Defining Moments banner, the 1974 Queensland floods was ranked number two while under the Typically Queensland category, the jacaranda tree came in at number 11.

Australia's first Aboriginal parliamentarians, one of whom was Ipswich identity Neville Bonner, ranked number 13 under The Most Influential People category.

In 1970 Neville Bonner made history, becoming the first Aborigine to contest a Senate election, when he was number three on the joint Liberal-Country Party ticket but was not elected.

In June 1971 the Liberals picked Mr Bonner to fill a Senate vacancy created by Dame Annabelle Rankin's resignation and he was sworn in as Australia's first Aboriginal senator.

Mr Bonner was laid to rest in Ipswich and a re-developed rugby league oval in the city was named the Neville Bonner Sporting Complex in his honour.


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